I will fly to Slovenia from Noibai Airport, Vietnam. I have Schengen Visa already. As I will have to transit at Moscow airport for 15 hour, I would like to apply for visa on arrival to exit the airport and visit your beautiful capital. Is it possible as I already got the Schengen visa?

  • Just a note: 15 hours may not be enough to see very much. Assuming you're flying into SVO, you're looking at an hour or so to get to Moscow. Also be aware that Moscow isn't very tourist friendly; very few people speak any language other than Russian. Aug 19, 2019 at 14:21

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If you are a citizen of Vietnam then you will need a visa to visit Russia, even for less than one day. There is no visa on arrival; you must obtain the visa in advance. Having a Schengen visa is of no help; some countries will allow Schengen visa holders to enter without a visa, but Russia is not one of them. (You don't need a visa to visit Russia if you have an APEC Business Travel Card endorsed RUS, but you would presumably already know this if you had such a card.)

To obtain a visa, you can fill out the official Russia visa application online, and then take the application and your required documents to the VFS Global office in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Danang.

You don't need a visa if you remain in the international transit area of the airport. There are several hotels and capsule hotels in the international transit areas of SVO in terminals D and E departure areas. You will be able to sleep in one of these hotels if you wish, and do not need to clear immigration.

  • Thank you very much for your detail reply which is very satisfactory to me. So, in my case the Schengen visi is of no help? Aug 16, 2019 at 9:56
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    That's correct; having a Schengen visa is of no effect for a citizen of Vietnam flying into Russia. Aug 16, 2019 at 14:15
  • Why is there a downvote on this answer? Aug 16, 2019 at 18:17
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    In Russia, answers downvote you.
    – bmargulies
    Aug 16, 2019 at 22:55

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